The Russian army has launched a forced mobilization in the occupied areas, including doctors, said the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.
“The occupiers are mobilizing Ukrainian doctors who have stayed in the occupied areas. In Volkhansk (Kharkiv Oblast), junior medical personnel are forcibly sent to the front to provide assistance to wounded Russian soldiers. If doctors refuse, they are threatened with death, “the report said.
According to the Ukrainian investigation, Russian mobilization activities have also begun across the young population in the occupied regions, specifically in the Kherson, Zaporozhye and Kharkiv regions, the Interfax-Ukraine agency writes. According to her, the Russian army has almost completely blocked escape routes from the Kherson region in the territory controlled by Ukraine in order to ensure the course of mobilization measures.
Russian soldiers and FSB officers are looking for recruits in the Zaporozhye region. According to reports, these forcibly recruited Ukrainians should replenish Russian combat troops in the most problematic areas.
According to the Ukrainian ministry, Russia tried earlier to mobilize in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions during April with the help of a “pseudo-referendum” staged by Russian secret service agents.
British Department of Defense in connection with forced mobilization pointed out violations of the Geneva Conventions, specifically Article 51. “The inclusion of Ukrainian civilians in the Russian army would violate Article 51 of the Fourth Geneva Convention,” the report said.
The Russian army’s goal now is probably to encircle or oust Ukrainian troops stationed on the Donbas and to conquer the entire territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions within their administrative borders in 2014. However, the Russian army continues to face low combat morale and a lack of human resources.
In addition, some Russians have long expressed concern about the deployment of Russian conscripts in Ukraine, which have further strengthened the spring conscription launched in early April. Russia has long rejected speculation that it would prepare for a general mobilization, which would help it address staff shortages.
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